KARACHI: A resolution seeking extension in policing powers for Rangers was submitted the Sindh Assembly on Tuesday.
The resolution submitted by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MPA Khurram Sher Zaman states that parliamentary Rangers have played a vital role to establish peace in Karachi, thus, four-month extension should be granted in Rangers’ policing powers to deal with extortionists, terrorists, target killers and land mafias in the metropolis.
PTI salutes the law enforcement personnel for their efforts, it added.
The deadline provided for Rangers to exercise exclusive policing powers in the city of Karachi ended on December 5, 2015 as Sindh government failed to provide the extension.
The special powers to arrest and conduct raids were earlier provided to Rangers under the Anti-Terrorism Act and were part of the ongoing operation against terrorists and criminal elements in the city.
Previously, these powers were extended every 3 months via notification by the Sindh government; however the provincial government was unable to submit the request to the Federal government this time around.
Karachi, a sprawling city of roughly 20 million, has long had a reputation for high crime rates as well as ethnic, political and sectarian violence.
Overall levels of militant, criminal and sectarian-linked violence have decreased significantly since paramilitary forces began a sweeping crackdown in 2013.